Poker comes in many forms, Texas Holdem is just one of them. It can be classed unrivaled as the most popular poker in America though. The other forms of poker, some of the more popular in some places are, Stud poker, draw poker, community card poker, and ceme.
The difference usually is in the number of cards dealt, number of rounds and number of players on the game. Some slight betting variations are also added to spice up the game.
Difference between various poker games
This is the original game where a complete hand is dealt to the players. The players are allowed to raise the bets but the betting is done in one round. This form of poker is rare nowadays except in the UK where it is still played enthusiastically.
This poker is the second oldest form known. In this poker, a previously arranged combination of face-ups and face-downs are dealt and a round of betting follows between each round. Seven card studs are the most popular variant of stud poker today
In this kind of poker, the players receive a complete hand face-down. After the betting, the players can change their hand to get better card combinations.
Community card poker
This is a form of stud poker where players receive an incomplete hand of cards, face down. Then some faceup community cards are placed in the center of the table. These can be used by the players to make five card hand. Texas Holdem is a variant of community card poker.
Texas Holdem deals 2 cards to each player and 5 community cards. There are four rounds in this game. The first round takes place after the revelation of first three community cards, then after the fourth card and them after the fifth card. The best hand combination from these 5 cards wins the game.
Ceme is similar to Domino with 2 cards being dealt to each player instead of 4. It requires a banker and a player. The player who gets a score of 9 or the best combination value wins the game.
Omaha is a variation of Texas Hold’em. This game requires at least 2 players up to 10 players. It has four betting rounds. The players are dealt 4 cards and 5 community cards which are revealed on spot. The player who makes the best 5-card hand from his collections wins.
This list is not exhaustive and many variations of poker are out there. There is also video poker popular online these days. However, the most basic and popular poker games are listed above.